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Athletics Open to all – not just London!

Close up photo of a guide in yellow and a junior runner in a red Metroteeshirt holding a tether and running on the track at an Athletics Open in the Sun Text Says Athletics Open is back - 11 June 2022 Join us for a Fun Day: For more info Call 07966 260089.

Athletics Open to all on 11 June 2022

Our Athletic Open on 11 June 2022 at the Mile End Stadium is open to all of the UK!
We even have participants travelling from Italy!   👉  Enter Online

Accommodation

 Hurry Limited subsidised accommodation left at the Travel Lodge, Mile end, 141-147, Mile End Road, London, E1 4AQ

  • For competitors and guides.- Cost £20.00 per night (single room)
  • Competitors under the age of 18 – £10 per night.
  • All other guests will be charged  – £48 per night.

Download: Accommodation Form

Join us for a fun day for all the family!

Open to everyone from juniors to veterans, try field events including the high and long jump, shot put, discus and javelin, or run 60m sprint to 5,000m.

The athletics event is the perfect opportunity for blind and partially sighted people to experience what it’s like to take part in a professionally organised athletics event. We have official starters, scorers, judges, and commentary for the event.

Better still, it is FREE to attend.

Event Details

Date:  Sat 11 June 2022   Time: 12 pm – 5 pm   Cost: Free
Venue: Mile End Stadium, 190 Burdett Rd, London, E3 4HL
Contact: lucy.simper@metroblindsport.org  or call 07966 260089.

To Enter

Please fill in the online form or if you prefer download and complete the entry form below and send it attached via email to Lucy’s email below.

The closing date for entry is Wednesday 1 June 2022.

If you would like help to complete the entry form, please contact our sport development officer. Contact: lucy.simper@metroblindsport.org
or call  07966 260089.

 

How to get there:

By Tube: Mile End station (Hammersmith and City Line, District Line, Central Line) approximately 0.5 miles, 10-12 minutes walking distance to Mile End Stadium.

Directions: Exit Mile End Station, turn left along Mile End Road, take another left onto Burdett Road and continue along the road for roughly 8-9 minutes until you reach Mile End Stadium across the road.

By car: parking is very limited within Mile End Stadium and there is a potential risk of not being able to find a suitable place to park. Only 40 total spaces are available with 3 disabled spaces available. Parking is £1 but restricted to two hours. We recommend travelling by public transport where possible.

 

 

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Athletics Open is back – Sat 11 June 2022!

Photo of a track event with multiple runners and guides running towards and past the camera from the left with the stadiums grass field area blurred in the background. Text Says Athletics Open is back - 11 june 2022 Join us for a Fun Day: For more info call 07966 260089.
Venue:
Mile End Stadium
Time:
12: 00 pm - 5:00 pm
Phone:
07966 260089
Date:
11th June 2022
Cost:
FREE


Metro Blind Sport’s Athletics Open – 11  June 2022

After an enforced break of two years, Metro Blind Sport are once again hosting the Annual Athletics Open on the 11th June 2022.

Now in its 44th year, Metro Blind Sport will be welcoming athletes of all ages and experience, throughout the UK to join us in London for our annual competition.

Entry is now open for the Annual Metro Athletics Open

The athletics event is the perfect opportunity for blind and partially sighted people to experience what it’s like to take part in a professionally organised athletics event. We have official starters, scorers and judges, as well as a commentary for the event.

If you haven’t tried an event before and want to compete or are looking to improve your performance, then the Annual Metro Athletics Open is the place for you. Better still, it is FREE to attend.

The Annual Metro Athletics Open is the highlight of our year. The event remains the number one event for blind and partially sighted athletes, in the UK, regardless of experience. Open to everyone from juniors to veteran athletes they incorporate a comprehensive track and field programme ranging the 60m sprint to 5,000m.

Field events include the high and long jump, shot put, discus and javelin. Run in accordance with UK Athletics and International Blind Sports Association’s rules by a team of qualified officials, the event is a great day out for families and many new friendships are forged.

 

Event Details

Date:  Sat 11 June 2022   Time: 12 pm – 5 pm   Cost: Free
Venue: Mile End Stadium, 190 Burdett Rd, London, E3 4HL
Venue Tel no. 020 8980 1885

 

To Enter

Please fill in the online form or if you prefer download and complete the entry form below and send it attached via email to Lucy’s email below.

The closing date was extended until Wednesday 1 June 2022.

If you would like help to complete the entry form, then please contact our Sport Development Officer, Lucy Simper above.

Contact: lucy.simper@metroblindsport.org or via her mobile: 07966 260089

 

Accommodation

If you require accommodation, please fill in the accommodation request form below and send it to lucy.simper@metroblindsport.org

 

How to get there:

By Tube: Mile End station (Hammersmith and City Line, District Line, Central Line) approximately 0.5 miles, 10-12 minutes walking distance to Mile End Stadium.

Directions: Exit Mile End Station, turn left along Mile End Road, take another left onto Burdett Road and continue along the road for roughly 8-9 minutes until you reach Mile End Stadium across the road.

By car: parking is very limited within Mile End Stadium and there is a potential risk of not being able to find a suitable place to park. Only 40 total spaces available with 3 disabled spaces available. Parking is £1 but restricted to two hours. We recommend travelling by public transport where possible.

 

Event Timings:

Registration on the day: Please arrive at 11.30 am.

Competition starts 12.00 noon – please ensure you have arrived at Mile End Stadium on time to minimise any potential delays in competing.

Event closes after final Medal Ceremony – 5.00pm

 

 

 

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A vision of good!

A vision of good - Olivia Parker-Scott Good Gym

Throughout the day 13 GoodGymers came along to share their Saturday with visually impaired athletes competing at this years Metro Blind Sport Athletics Open.

original report from goodgym.org

Most of us had no previous experience of helping athletes with a visual impairment but everyone was really keen to get involved, to help and to learn.

A large contingent started their day with nearby Mile End parkrun before heading to Mile End Stadium to contribute to the morning session which was labeled as the ‘Come and try’ part of the day. This is where younger participants and those new to competing could come and have a go at new events they hadn’t tried before. Led by the amazing Coach Chris, we learnt how to support visually impaired atheletes with track running and long jump events.

I had a great time and really enjoyed doing something so different and rewarding – Dharmesh, GoodGym Redbridge

Later accompanied by Tracey, superstar Jodie stayed for the whole day and continued to support through the main event. My highlight of our time there was when an urgent plea late in the day (for a runner who was able to run a sub 22 5000m!) saw Hayley head all the way across London to guide a runner to a championship qualifier. What a hero!

24th June – 30th June is #DeafblindAwarenessWeek and it was great to partner up with Metro Blind Sport to provide support for this event leading into this week’s theme.

What a wonderful experience to be a part of!

Report written by Olivia Parker-Scott

 

 

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Athletic Open – Deadline Extended

Athletics Open 2019

Theis now less than 3 weeks away and we cannot wait to welcome everyone to Mile End Stadium.

To ensure no one will miss out,
we have decided to extend the deadline to the 12th of June!

If you have not done so already, please do try and apply before this deadline as this will be your final chance. Hope to see you there!

Charlie Raven –  SDO Metro Blind Sport.

Athletics Open Event Details

  • Date: Sat 22 June 2019  Venue: Mile End Stadium, London, E14 7TW
  • Entry: FREE including packed lunch, t-shirt, medals & certificate
  • Download Entry Form here: https://blindsport.uk/AthleticsOpen2019
  • Please complete and return the form attached below, by email to charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org
  • Need help to complete the entry form – Call Charlie on 07966260089

VICTA £50 for Travel: Athletic Open

 

Metro Blind Sport – Welcomes athletes of all ages and experience throughout the UK to join us in our annual competition’s ‘43rd year! 

The morning ‘Come and Try Coaching Session’ will once again provide those new to the sport a brilliant opportunity to try out running, jumping and throwing in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, supported by qualified coaches. If you haven’t tried an event before and want to compete in the afternoon, or are looking to improve your performance this is the place for you.

The 2019 programme will be run under UKA/IBSA rules and is open to males and females of all ages. The athletics competitions are principally for registered blind and partially sighted people.

Every competitor will receive a free t-shirt along with either a medal and/or performance certificate. Free packed lunches will be provided for all competitors, coaches, officials and volunteers. *Guide Runners may be arranged with advance notice, you will need to provide an estimate of your track times.

Guest competitors are welcome but no medals or certificates can be awarded.

Come and Try Session starts 10.00am – 11.30am, open to all ages, an ideal opportunity to access specialist coaching in track and field disciplines.

Competition starts 12.00 noon, listed below are all events grouped under the relevant age ranges. Results will be uploaded to Power of 10 as soon as possible. 

Event closes after final Medal Ceremony – 5.00pm  

 

 EVENTS 

  • Under 12 (Age at 01.01.2019) – Boys and Girls (4 events only) 60m, 100m, Standing Long Jump, Ball Throw, For B1 athletes only)
  • Under 14 (Age at 01.01.2019) – Boys and Girls (4 events only) 100m, 800m, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot, Discus, Javelin, (For B1 athletes only – called 60m),
  • Under 17 (Age at 01.01.2019) – Boys and Girls (4 events only)100m, 800m, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot, Discus, Javelin, (For B1 athletes  only – called 60m),
  • Senior Ladies and Men (18 – 34)100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Shot, Discus, Javelin
  • Vets Ladies and Men (Over 35) 100m, 800m, 5000m, Long Jump, Shot

 

The track (Mile End Stadium) and the accommodation (Queen Mary University) are within walking distance of Mile End Tube Station (Central and District line).

 

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Athletics Open Archives

Athletics Open 2017

The 41st Athletics Open 2017 was a Great Success!

Metro Blind Sport’s 41st Athletics Open was held on Sat 17 June 2017, the sun was blazing, the sky was blue, spirits were high and the event was clearly enjoyed by all. This year was enhanced by our new announcer Peter Scott, who not only had the gift of the gab but who also had improv poet skills to boot!

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Podcast recorded at the 41st Metro Blind Sport’s Athletics Open -Speed of Sound

 You can listen to the whole podcast here DSN Podcasts – Speed of Sound (6th July) 

We would like to thank all our amazing volunteers, officials and Peter, the host with the most. We can’t wait to see you all again next year with even more athletes getting personal bests!

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Hosted by London Borough of Tower Hamlets and GLL, supported by the Carmen Butler-Chariteris Trust, CGI Group, Olympus UK and Motivate East.

Metro Blind SportWelcomes athletes of all ages and experience throughout the UK to join us in our annual competition’s ‘41st year! 

infosound logo  Below Infosound talks to Roy Smith about the Athletics Open

The morning Festival of Athletics will once again provide those new to the sport a wonderful opportunity to try out running, jumping and throwing in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, supported by Qualified Coaches. If you haven’t tried an event before and want to compete in the afternoon, or are looking to improve your performance this is the place for you.

 The 2017 programme will be run under UKA/IBSA rules and is open to males and females of all ages.  The athletics competitions are principally for registered blind and partially sighted people.  Guest competitors are welcome but no medals or certificates can be awarded.  Every competitor will receive a free T-shirt along with either a medal and/or performance certificate.  Free packed lunches will be provided for all competitors, coaches, officials and volunteers.  *Guide Runners may be arranged with advance notice, you will need to provide an estimate of your track times.

Festival starts 10.00am – 11.30, open to all ages, an ideal opportunity to access specialist coaching in track and field disciplines.

 Competition starts 12.00 noon, listed below are all events grouped under the relevant age ranges. Results will be uploaded to Power of 10 the week beginning 19th June, photos will also be available during this time.    

 Event closes after final Medal Ceremony – 5.00pm  

The track (Mile End Stadium) and the accommodation (Queen Mary University) are within walking distance of Mile End Tube Station (Central and District line).

  • Athletes aged Under 12, 14 or 17 may take part in up to four individual events in any one day.
  • Senior Athletes may take part in a maximum of five events. These will consist of either 3 track and 2 field, or 2 track and 3 field on the day.
  • Electronic timing will be used on all track races.
  • B3 and B4 athletes are reminded that competition rules do not allow any concessions to assist performance. (No Guide Runners)
  • ALL B1 ATHLETES MUST PROVIDE AND USE THEIR OWN SHADES.
  • Time permitting there will be a Fun Relay for all competitors during the afternoon including parents and coaches.

In order for as many events as possible to take place, it may be necessary to merge sight categories thereby ensuring the maximum number of individual ‘event requests’ are met. We recognise this could lead to a miss-match in functional sight levels, however our aim with the ‘Open’ is to always offer the widest range of opportunities for athletes to compete. We view this as a preferable option to cancelling events with low numbers.   

Accommodation:  This will be available on Friday and Saturday night at the aforementioned Queen Mary University of London.  Please note there is a further reduction for those under the age of 18 – please request the separate form

Power of 10  – 2015 Results – http://bit.ly/2nvAYMV

Power of 10  – 2016 Results –  http://bit.ly/2aty9Fy

Power of 10  – 2017 Results – http://bit.ly/2uXOLvj

Ian Francis – Event Coordinator ,  Roy Smith MBE – Meeting Manager

 

Athletic Open 2016

A Huge Thank You to all our Officials, Volunteers at this years 40th Metro ‘Anniversary Athletics Open’ 2016

Metro's 40th Athletics Open-2016 Officials and Volunteers

Above: Photo of the Metro’s 40th Athletics Open-2016 Officials and Volunteers waving and cheering!

This year’s Athletics Open was amazing, experienced athletes striving and achieving personal bests, and those new to Track and Field enjoying developing their skills at the Festival supported by England Athletics Coaches. The atmosphere was awesome and never faltered, even at the end of the day when the thunder cracked and the rain pelted down. We witnessed heroic performances from the athletes, alongside our officials and volunteers!, as the supporters cheered and encouraged runners on through the deluge!

Check out the Photo Galleries, Short link here: http://bit.ly/291FM6W

Photographs by Chris Vaughan  

Thanks to Haseeb Ahmad and his guide runner Reuben McGregor for presenting medals to our athletes on the day and for a great demonstration on how to run a 1500 and 5000 metre race, also to Richard Mann, master of commentary for sharing the day with all event goers.

2016 Event results download available below

Track Results: Track Results in word format

Field Results: Field Results in word format

Many thanks to our partners Mazar Trust, Motivate East, Tower Hamlets, Canary Wharf and Olympus UK for the funding to deliver this years event! To GLL for hosting us and all the Stadium team headed by Richard Houlihan.

As always Ian Francis deserves a huge pat on the back for going above and beyond for our members, friends and partners and to Roy Smith who has helped keep the Metro Games ( Athletic Open) alive and growing year by year, both Ian and Roy move mountains to make the Athletics Open the successful event it is today.

Finally thank you to all the Athletes who took part, without you we wouldn’t have such a wonderful highlight to the year. We hope to see more of you in 2017.

Metro 40th Athletics Open 2016 with Better and London Sport

Metro Blind Sport are excited to announce that their Annual Athletics competition is celebrating its ‘40th’ birthday and will be held on 25th June 2016, incorporating a Festival of Athletics for vision impaired people, their families and friends.

Metro's 40th Athletics Open 2016

Above: Photo of Under 18 and Guide runner and a relay event – Metro Athletics open 2015

Event Details

Venue: Mile End Stadium, Rhodeswell Road, London E14 7TW

Festival starts 10.00am – 11.30, open to all ages, an ideal opportunity to access specialist coaching in track and field disciplines.

Competition starts 12.00 noon, listed below are all events grouped under the relevant age ranges. Results will be uploaded to Power of 10 the week beginning 27th June, photos will also be available during this time.

Event closes after final Medal Ceremony – 5.00pm

Under 12 (Age at 01.01.2016) – Boys and Girls (4 events only)
60m, 100m, Standing Long Jump, Ball Throw, (For B1 athletes only – called 60m),

Under 14 (Age at 01.01.2016) – Boys and Girls (4 events only)
100m, 800m, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot, Discus, Javelin, (For B1 athletes only – called 60m),

Under 17 (Age at 01.01.2016) – Boys and Girls (4 events only)
100m, 800m, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot, Discus, Javelin, (For B1 athletes only – called 60m),

Senior Ladies and Men (18 – 34)
100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Shot, Discus, Javelin

Vets Ladies and Men (Over 35)
100m, 800m, Long Jump, Shot

Entry: FREE including pack lunch, T-shirt, Medals/Performance Certificate.    

 Hosted by key partners for the  40th Metro ‘Anniversary Athletics Open’

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets and GLL, generously supported by the Mazars Charitable Trust, Motivate East and Olympus UK.Entry and Accommodation Form 2016

The Festival of Athletics (Endorsed by England Athletics) will again offer those new to the sport a chance to try out running, jumping and throwing in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Qualified England Athletics coaches will be on hand to advise and guide you. All ages and abilities are very welcome so come along and try!

This year coaching and advice will be available to adults and young people, who are either interested in trying a new event or improving their technique. If you haven’t tried an event before and want to compete in the afternoon, or if you are looking to improve your performance in an event, this is the place for you.

Competition will begin after the Festival and we will again be joined by a UK Athletics talent spotter looking out for future Athletics Stars! Events will be held for Under 18’s, Senior’s and Veterans.

Entry to the Festival and Competition is Free and there will be souvenir
T-shirts and catering.  Results will be ratified for Power of 10 rankings for classified and non-classified athletes. For further info on the classification process please contact British Blind Sport via their website or British Athletics (Parallel Success) Classification link

With new features to look forward to including Audio Commentary and a special guest presenting awards and trophies,  we hope to see a record number of Athletes in our Anniversary Year!!

If you are a member of a local society or VI group and want to join us, please let me know.

Athletics Open 2015

 

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Above: Photos from the Metro Athletics Open 2015

Visit our Athletic Open Gallery Click here.

I just wanted to say a personal thank-you on behalf of Metro Blind Sport Staff and Trustee’s for all your hard work at the Athletics Open on Saturday.

I have been receiving tweets and emails from athletes saying what a great time they had, one group from Berkshire shared a group photo proudly displaying their major trophy haul. I also had many, many thank you’s on the day with comments like “Fantastic event” and “thank you so much for the opportunity to race”.

To see you all guiding, chatting, shouting from the side lines and generally mucking-in wherever needed was so nice to be part of. You all helped to make a difference, I hope that some or all of you will be able to come along next year and support us again for the big 40!!

All the Best, Ian Francis

Below are the names of the trophy winners here:

Senior men: Rojimon Cheriman
Senior Women: Ruth Stacey
Junior men: Andrew Pettigrew
Junior women: Kali Holder

2015 Results

Track Results: Download TRACK RESULTS 2015 – (Word)
Field Results: Download FIELD RESULTS 2015 – (Word)

2014 Results
Track Results: Download TRACK RESULTS 2014 – (Word)
Field Results: Download FIELD RESULTS 2014 – (Word)

Visit our Athletic Open 2014 Gallery Click here.

 

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